Mourinho: ‘Individual mistakes’ cost Spurs against Liverpool

Jose Mourinho claimed that Tottenham Hotspur were a “team fighting against its own mistakes” against Liverpool.

The game got off to a rapid start as Sadio Mane should have put Liverpool ahead early on. Mo Salah played him in, but he fired his shot wide from inside the area.

Moments later, Tottenham appeared to have gone ahead as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son combined once again. The Englishman played his strike partner in behind and he finished well past Alisson at the near post. Liverpool were offered a VAR reprieve though as Son was narrowly offside in the build-up.

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Liverpool were well on top for the rest of the half. Their pressure paid dividends just before the break. Mane was the creator as he squared it to Roberto Firmino. The Brazillian made no mistake as he tapped home to give the visitors a deserved lead.

They doubled their advantage shortly after the restart. Hugo Lloris could only palm away Mane’s shot and it fell to Trent Alexander Arnold. The full-back’s shot evaded Lloris as it found the bottom corner.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg smashed in his first Tottenham goal under Mourinho to bring his side back into the game shortly after. The midfielder struck the ball sweetly from the edge and it curled away from Alisson and into the net.

Liverpool responded well again though as they had a goal disallowed of their own in the 56th minute. They did make it three in the 65th minute, however.

Joe Rodon failed to clear which allowed Mane in on goal and he finished it superbly with his left foot into the roof of the net.

It remained 3-1 by the final whistle as Liverpool move up to fourth. Tottenham meanwhile stay in sixth spot and they are four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Speaking with BBC Sport post-match, Mourinho said Spurs “started very well” but mistakes proved costly:

“My analysis is that we started very well, but before we scored the offside goal we showed immediately what the game was going to be for us – a big occasion for Mane, a big defensive mistake.

“That was the game for us, the team in the first half was very well organised, the goal is another mistake in the same position.

“The second half we had to make changes, we lose Harry, had to change the structure of the team. First minute, same mistake, second goal. Good reaction, another mistake and goal.

“It was a team fighting against its own mistakes. Some individual mistakes that you saw, you can replay and I cannot say much more than that.”

[On Kane’s injury] “Two ankles, the first was a bad tackle, it was Thiago, the second one I didn’t know well. But two injuries in both ankles, the second one worst than the first one – a few weeks, I don’t know.

“There are some players you can’t replace. When it happens it happens but I believe we have to fight against it, we cannot do anything else.”

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